Mapping Best Practices

The following mapping best practices can be applied to most EDI applications.

Identifying and Understanding the Data

The mapping work should start long before opening the mapper feature of the EDI application. The mapper should have a business analyst role of gathering data requirements. During the process of gathering requirements, the input data format and the output data format must be identified and understood by the mapper. The content of the data and the format of the data have to make sense to the mapper. If the mapper feels that the input or the output format of the data is unreasonable (e.g. too much unnecessary data) then the mapper should make the case for this concern and not simply map away with unreasonable data formats. This will help prevent troubleshooting and maintaining the map in the future and should make the data conversion process more efficient.

While Mapping